Re: Question on spelling

From: Bill Barton (
Date: Sun Jun 11 2000 - 21:47:33 EDT

Anthony Mele wrote:

AM>I recently purchased a copy of The Interlinear Greek-English New
Testament, Jay P. Green, Sr. General Editor and Translator, Sovereign Grace
Publishers, Revised Third Edition, 1996. I noticed that the Greek spelling
of David is Dabid rather than Da (y/u) id. I am new to learning Biblical
Greek can anyone help me with an explanation.>

The Hebrew spelling of David is dalet-vav-dalet, which would typically be
transliterated into Latin/English characters by D-V-D. Adding vowels would
turn this into David in Latin/English.

There is no direct correspondent to the Latin V in Greek so another
character must be used as an equivalent to the Hebrew vav. The LXX uses an
upsilon as an equivalent to the vav, which results in the transliteration
Dauid (delta-alpha-upsilon-iota-delta) as does Nestle-Aland 27/UBS. But
the Majority Text uses Dabid (with a beta rather than an upsilon) and
apparently Green is following that textual tradition.

Bill Barton

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